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sassaThe Citizen reports that a planned strike by employees of the South African Security Service Agency (Sassa) affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA), scheduled to start on Wednesday, has been put on hold.  

This because the union has another meeting with the social development minister on Thursday.  The PSA’s Leon Gilbert said the outcome of the union’s meeting with Minister Susan Shabangu on Monday, at which they stated their position, had been positive.  Thursday’s meeting with her would focus on the way forward.  The public sector wage agreement signed on Friday did not apply to Sassa as it was an agency of government that did not fall under the public service.  Gilbert said Sassa staff demands included 15% wage increases for levels five to eight, 13% for levels nine to 12, more choice in medical aid schemes, a housing allowance increase of R2,500 and that Sassa offices close over the Christmas and New Year period.  Gilbert explained that the strike would not be called off as an official notice had already been issued, which meant that Sassa employees who did not go to work would be protected by the notice.  People collecting their grant payments would not be affected, but those registering for grants would likely face some challenges.

  • Read this report by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye in full at The Citizen


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